This is what my personal trainer told me towards the end of our training session yesterday. Well, they probably should be. After putting in a solid workout on the spin bike on Wednesday, we started Thursday’s session with…………the spin bike! Just a 5 minute circuit but it was enough to really hit the quads hard. After that “warm-up”, it was kettlebell lunges, Smith Machine squats, and Smith Machine lunges. It was the last one that earned the quote from my trainer.
She was right though. My legs did feel dead. I think a lack of proper stretching after my bike workout on Wednesday was at least partially at fault. I did a quick quad, calf, and hamstring stretch following the workout and it probably wasn’t enough to get the blood properly flowing through the muscles again. I don’t feel too badly about it though. With all the leg work over the past couple of days, it would seem that most people’s legs would get tired.
And if that wasn’t enough, at karate last night our instructor decided to emphasize stance work. That meant front stances, back stances and horse stances up and down the floor. Plus, we finished up with medicine ball lunges up and down the floor. Yes, my legs are officially toast!
Today, I packed up my long sleeve t-shirts and am going to get an outdoor run in before the 5K race on Sunday. I figure it’s all best to do a little preparation beforehand so I don’t go into a race without any idea of what the conditions will be like. I’ll probably shoot for 3 miles or so but the pace will be relatively easy. Don’t want to push a pair of fatigued legs even further than is necessary. Saturday will be a much needed off day (pie party!) and then the race on Sunday. I’m totally looking forward to it! I think it’ll be a fun day.
On a completely non-fitness related note, I’ve decided to make my donation to Haiti earthquake relief today. I haven’t typically donated to relief causes in the past but felt particularly motivated to help a nation that’s already been battered by weather, economic and political unrest. I think I was particularly moved by Wyclef Jean’s story. He’s down there right now sifting through rubble, helping families who’ve lost everything and is lobbying world leaders for assistance. If he can get that involved, the least I can do is make a donation. Please consider donating if you haven’t already.
Enjoy your weekend! Especially if you get a long one with the Martin Luther King holiday!
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